Monday brings an opportunity to practice flower arranging by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday to fill a vase using materials gathered from one’s garden.
Resilience is an admirable trait in people and in plants. In the plant world Helleborus stands among the very best of the irrepressible. Our low temperature may not have quite reached 1°F this week, but 2°F felt just as cold. A brief reprieve this weekend brought Sunday’s high into the 50s and when I quickly searched late in the afternoon for anything that might go into a vase this week, I had only to stop in front of the hellebores. While one clump did strike a limp posture, several other groups appeared ebullient. I collected some happy ones.
On the other hand, before coming inside I checked on the more vulnerable Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ (Winter daphne) that has been covered in reddish-tipped buds for weeks. Before the recent cold hit the daphnes seemed poised for a thrilling bloom time. Unfortunately in a repeat of last year, now they reveal only great distress and browning and I doubt there will be many, if any, flowers.
For this week’s arrangement I chose a footed glass dish with a shallow bowl to display the flowers. I placed large black stones in the bottom and covered them with water. I trimmed the stems quite short and floated the hellebores above the rocks for a colorful Monday offering.